AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss
Oct30

AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions continued their losing ways on Wednesday and two Pirates pitchers allowed most of the damage. They dropped their sixth straight game, falling 7-0 to first place Mesa, a team that came into the day on a three game losing streak. Alex Dickerson was originally the only Pittsburgh Pirates position player in the starting lineup, but he was scratched before the game. No word was given as to why they changed the...

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The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014
Oct30

The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014

The free agent market is always weak when it comes to shortstop. Some years there are guys like Jose Reyes, but they usually go to the highest bidders on massive contracts. Most teams hold onto their shortstops, and most teams hoard shortstop prospects. As a result, if the Pirates want a good shortstop, they’re going to have to develop one internally. That could happen in a few years with Alen Hanson. Until then, the Pirates...

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Pirates Shut Out in the Gold Glove Awards
Oct29

Pirates Shut Out in the Gold Glove Awards

The Pittsburgh Pirates went 0-for-3 in the Gold Glove awards tonight, with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Russell Martin all losing at their respective positions. Starling Marte lost to Carlos Gonzalez in left field. This is a typical Gold Glove choice, giving the award to someone who was a good hitter and has a recognizable name. Marte had a 20.1 UZR/150 this year, which was the best mark of all MLB left-fielders in baseball...

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The Super Two Cutoff Has Been Set
Oct29

The Super Two Cutoff Has Been Set

The Super Two cutoff this year has been set at 2.122, which reads as two years and 122 days (with 172 days equaling one year). This doesn’t change much for the Pirates. Michael McKenry, at 2.136, was projected to be a Super Two player and still will be Super Two eligible. He’s projected to make $900 K in arbitration, and is considered a non-tender candidate. I see him sticking around, since he has an option remaining, and...

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Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?
Oct28

Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?

One of the few positions of need in 2014 is right field. As I pointed out in the 2013 right field recap, the Pirates struggled throughout the 2013 season with their right fielders. That changed in late August when they traded for Marlon Byrd, although Byrd is a free agent this off-season and will likely be looking for a multi-year deal after his career year at the age of 36. The Pirates may only need a replacement option for a few...

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Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team
Oct28

Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team

Baseball America released their All-Rookie team for the 2013 season, and Gerrit Cole was named as one of the top five starters. That’s not a surprise, as Cole was fantastic in his rookie campaign, especially during the month of September when he started looking like an ace. The other four starters were Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Julio Teheran. BA noted that Cole’s average velocity of 95.5 MPH ranked...

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